NEW PERSONAL BEST: Marc Burns

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Burns targets new pb in 2013

Veteran sprinter Marc Burns world like to set a new personal best (pb) for himself this year.

A multiple Olympic and World Championships medallist, Burns told the Track Alerts website, "My pb of 9.96 (set in 2005) has been on my mind every year but (I) had injury setbacks. Once I take care of that I am looking forward to getting a new pb."

In 2012, Burns, 30, completed his 14th straight year of representing Trinidad and Tobago. He has competed in four World Championships starting in Helsinki in 2005 and also that year, he won the World Athletic finals (10.00). He also guided T&T to back-to-back CAC 4x100 crowns and a World Championships 4x100 silver.

He did not let up in 2006, securing 100m bronze at the Commonwealth Games (10.17) and the IAAF World Cup (10.14). At the 2007 Osaka, Japan World Championships he was into another global 100m finals and again at the 2008 Beijing Olympics games and the 2009 World Championships, Berlin, Germany.

In Beijing and Berlin his strong second leg runs helped T&T to silver in 38.06 and 37.62. The latter time was only bettered by teams from the USA and Jamaica.

At last year's London Olympics his legacy was recognised as he was given the honour of carrying the national flag at the opening ceremony. He then added more silverware to his cabinet as he helped the national sprint team cop bronze in 38.12.

At the Spirit of Sports Awards Ceremony in December he said he was thankful that he was still around after over a decade. "I want to thank God for the longevity in the sports." He added that competing at the 2000 Olympics as a 17-year-old helped him to realise his potential on the world stage. "Two-thousand was to get my feet wet. After that it was strictly business when I realised my potential. Now I am more mature. I look at things differently."

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